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First transgender dater has perfect match on First Dates Ireland

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 13/02/2018 Sandra Murphy

Wexford model and blogger Laylah has become the first transgender dater on First Dates Ireland.

Although born a male named David, the 20-year-old began the process of transitioning two years ago and officially changed her name last September.

Paired off with 19-year-old Kyle on this week’s Valentine’s show, the couple opened up to one another straight away about their struggles.

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Layla is the first transgender dater to appear in the First Dates Ireland restaurant. Pic: RTE

Praising Laylah for her honesty, Kyle also spoke openly about how he had been through cancer treatment twice, and how he now feels lucky to be alive.

‘I’ve not had the easiest time either,’ he told his date.

‘There’s the illness called cancer…I’ve had that.’

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‘I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on the week of my 17th birthday, and I had the surgery the day before, even better!

‘Another 18 months later, I went back for more chemo,’ he said.

Expressing his revulsion at the pity he got as a cancer patient, Kyle said that he would be dead by Christmas if he had waited another three months to see a doctor.

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Kyle opens up on his testicular cancer diagnosis on First Dates Ireland tonight. Pic: RTE

Describing himself as pan-sexual, Kyle joked that he has no interest in dating pans.

Revealing how he felt so chilled and relaxed in Laylah’s company on the date, he said that they both had struggles of their own and understood one another.

Laylah said: ‘I really liked him. There wasn’t the automatic bit where I had to come and explain myself.’

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Laylah was previously applauded for sharing her transgender story on the Late Late Show.

Having a written a book on the experience, Who Cares?, she told Ryan Tubridy that so many people wanted her to hide her feminine aspect and suppress herself.

‘If I was able to help one person, I would be happy.’

Tune in tonight to see if Kyle and Layla want to see one another on RTÉ2 on Tuesdays at 9.30pm

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